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Val Thorens Ski Resort, France






Key Features

  • Off-piste
  • Good for après
  • Large ski area
  • Groups
  • High resort - snow sure
  • Glacier

A fantastic resort offering a great mix of ski and apres entertainment. Including access to Les Trois Vallées meaning you'll have endless snow to play with

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Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 2,300m
  • Highest lift: 3,200m
  • No. of lifts: 174
  • Guide lift pass price: £265
  • No. of slopes: 320
  • Total piste: 600km
  • Eurostar : Yes
  • Transfer times:

    Grenoble: 4 hrs

Overview of Val Thorens

High above the small French town of Moutiers lie the three resorts of the largest linked ski area in the world – The Three Valleys. Val Thorens is purpose-built and the highest of these resorts (and of all the resorts in Europe for that matter). The layout is in a wide-open bowl, surrounded by 360 degrees peaks.

Val Thorens skiing is all about the altitude north-facing slopes, most of which start above 3000m and offer snow-sure skiing at any time of winter. Intermediates will be in their element racing along mile after mile of piste across the ski area. Beginners are spoilt for choice on the many nursery slopes and the gentle blue and green runs above the village. Finally, advanced skiers couldn't ask for anything more with some of the most challenging terrain of the Three Valleys right on their doorstep.

Like most purpose-built resorts the Val Thorens village itself couldn't really be described as quaint, but it is compact and perfectly planned so that no accommodation is too far from the piste. In fact, most are ski-in/ski-out and only a short walk from the huge assortment of shops, restaurants and bars. See some of the best ski apartments in Val Thorens for ideas on where to stay.

3 Things We Love About Val Thorens

  1. Snow-sure resort - Europe’s highest ski resort, at an altitude of 2,300m with 600km piste to enjoy in the Three Valleys.
  2. Après scene - Well-known for its vibrant après scene and for having the highest zipline in the world.
  3. Ski-in/ski-out - A great variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, with plenty coming ski-in/ski-out

Learn more about Les Trois Vallées ski area, or keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a Val Thorens ski holiday.

Skiing and Boarding in Val Thorens

To ski Val Thorens is to ski the crown of the Three Valleys ski area (Les Trois Vallées). You can pretty much guarantee that skiing will include plenty of white snowy pistes all season.

Beginner skiers are generously catered for with a 10-hectare area in the middle of the resort.
Once confidence grows, the gentle wide slopes and long linking groomed trails above the village on the Col de la Chambre will help you on your journey towards becoming an intermediate.

Val Thorens ski resort is an intermediate skier’s paradise. Pull fat GS turns on Moraine, speed up along the steeper and naturally rolling pistes from the top of the Boismint chair. Or if you prefer and want to go the distance on Blanchot then join the 3000 skiers per hour who are whisked to the top of the Peclet glacier on the Funitel gondola for some beautiful views followed by superb runs back down.

Advanced skiers can take their pick of the powder fields with cliff drops, steep chutes and extreme off-piste in the couloirs and gulleys of the Val Thorens ski area.

Remember to take a breather to admire the spectacular view from the highest point in the Three Valleys, the Cime de Caron at 3200m, before hitting the ace black run (or slightly easier red) back down to resort.

The impressive Val Thorens snowparks cater to everyone who wants to have a go and also include a Jump’Air airbag so you can practice that triple heelside rodeo without worrying about the landing.

Lift Passes in Val Thorens

The Trois Vallees is arguably one of the largest and most famous linked ski areas in the world. In each of these three resorts, it's possible to buy a local area lift pass covering that sole area. These are great for first-time beginners or for those that don't want to venture too far.

If instead, you want to make the most of the terrain, then a full area lift pass is available from each resort that covers all three valleys. Due to the great links between resorts and a variety of runs connecting each, anyone with an intermediate ability and above will benefit from this full area lift pass, providing the opportunity to explore a world-class ski area.

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Activities in Val Thorens

Fancy doing something else besides skiing and snowboarding? Here are some of the top things available in the resort:

  • Sports centre - Open all day with a 50m Swimming pool, spa, gym, trampolining and other sports facilities
  • Bowling - Open all day every day and a great place for all the family
  • Toboggan run - Enjoy the rush along Europe's longest run at 6km in length
  • Ice driving - An adrenaline junkies dream. It's expensive but where else do you get to drive a rally car on the ice
  • Zipline  - 2 different zip wires to choose from. A dual, race-style zip wire back to the resort or the highest zip wire in Europe with a 300 ft drop

Après Ski in Val Thorens

With over 40 bars, restaurants and clubs in Val Thorens you'll certainly have plenty of evening entertainment. Here are some of the best apres spots:

  • Café Snesko - A lively apres and late-night bar along with an amazing atmosphere and larger than life service
  • 360 Bar - An amazing apres venue with live gigs and DJ's, right on the piste. This bar is the most famous in Val Thorens
  • Folie Douce - Part of the world-famous brand. Head here for great apres party venue with DJ's and live entertainment. Plus you can ski home
  • Red Fox - A pub away from home. Enjoy a traditional pub style with a great selection of drinks for apres. Also here you'll find live music, sport and other entertainment
  • Frog & Roastbeef - The highest pub in Europe and very famous for its lively atmosphere, live music, great food and a great team
  • Tango, Summit - Upmarket hotel bar and restaurant serving amazing cocktails. The pizzas are a must. The atmosphere is also warm and relaxing, making it a perfect spot for winding down after a hard day on the slopes

Places to Eat in Val Thorens

Val Thorens skiing offers great value for money and this even extends to mountain restaurants, especially when you compare prices to those across the border in Courchevel. Here are some of our recommendations on where to eat in Val Thorens:

  • Johns Scandinavian -  A quaint little restaurant serving a fine dining menu of Scandinavian food
  • Johns American -  Tex-Mex style restaurant with the best burgers in Val Thorens
  • Frog & Roast Beef  - Classic pub grub style food. Great for apres or lunch snacks
  • La Maison - Upmarket fine dining restaurant serving French classics
  • L’Auberge - Classic French restaurant with the best fondue and raclette in the 3 valleys
  • Rendevous - Fine dining a la carte restaurant with amazing views across the mountain

Family Options in Val Thorens

  • Prosneige activities - Igloo building, sledging, guided walks and more
  • Toboggan - The longest toboggan in Europe at over 6km and will make for an amazing experience with the family

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